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Bali Nine clemency case adjourned

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Indonesian groups challenging their president’s decision to deny clemency to death row drug offenders, including executed Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, have been given 14 days to satisfy the constitutional court should their case proceed.

Indonesian lawyers for the pair launched the action before their executions alongside six other drug offenders in April.

After a preliminary hearing in Jakarta on Wednesday, lawyer Todung Mulya Lubis said their power of attorney ended with the men’s deaths.

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Unless the lawyers can find a new client, three human rights groups will take the challenge forward.

“Our position now is legally difficult, even though we said to the judges that we have strong interest in the next clemency requests being … accepted or rejected with strong reason,” he said.

Mr Lubis argued President Joko Widodo committed a breach of human rights by denying the individuals clemency without examining their appeals case-by-case.

“We asked for clemency to be studied individually, not collectively,” he said.

They had also pleaded for the executions of Chan and Sukumaran to be halted pending the outcome of this case, which the attorney-general dismissed as time wasting.

Judges gave the petitioners – rights groups Kontras, Imparsial and Inisiator Muda – until June 3 to better demonstrate how their constitutional rights had been diminished.

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